January Burger of the Month

“Donut” miss our January Burger of the Month!

“𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐥𝐮𝐞 𝐋𝐢𝐧𝐞”

Alberta Beef patty, Smoked Cheddar, Aged Cheddar, 2 strips of Bacon, Irvings Farm Fresh Ltd Back Bacon, Coffee BBQ Sauce, leaf lettuce, and a big Onion Ring all on a GLAZED DONUT!

Created in collaboration with local guest Chef – Officer Josh Smith!

With $2 from every burger sold going directly towards Josh’s charity of choice – the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre ❤️🧡💛

Another delicious way to help give back to our local community!

If there’s anything that can land a smile on a face, it’s ice cream!

What happens when you place salted caramel ice-cream between root beer float cookies and serve it up at a local school?  Pure BLISS!

We had a FANTASTIC time at Ècole James S. McCormick School in Lacombe today for our 2nd pop-up sale as part of our new Ice Cream Sandwich Program.  With the help of some grade 3 student leaders at the school, we scooped up 150+ ice cream sandwiches, all in support of the new breakfast program at JS.

In September we kicked off our new Ice Cream Sandwich Program which sees us supporting a new local school every 3 months.  $1 from every one of these treats sold in the restaurant is donated to the school, and until the end of February those dollars will go directly to the JS breakfast program.  Full proceeds from the pop-up sale are also being kicked back to the school!

This is the first year JS McCormick has had a formal breakfast program up and running.  It started off feeding 8-10 kids every school morning and has quickly grown to see over 60 children popping in to curb hunger pains and get them ready to learn.  Assistant Principal Craig Fullarton says “many students come to school hungry simply because their morning was too busy to eat. We have students who ride the bus for an hour so although they might have eaten before they left, they may still arrive to school hungry. Our program targets anyone who needs something in their belly because realistically, if they are hungry, learning is not going to be a priority for them that day”.

We all know food is expensive and the program is relying heavily on donations to purchase the cereal, yogurt, fruit, bread, butter and jam, and cheese, currently on offer every morning. Funds from the school recycling program are also being utilized for the breakfast program.

In March we’ll be on the road again scooping at another school, stay tuned!

 

For more information contact:

 

Kim Kay

Community Relations

Cilantro and Chive

403.597.2127

kim@cilantroandchive.ca

 

Craig Fullarton

Assistant Principal

Ècole James S. McCormick School

403.782.3096

craig.fullarton@wolfcreek.ab.ca

 

 

4 years now in Lacombe!

Time flies when you’re having fun and it has never been truer than now. 4 years later and we are having the time of our lives here in Lacombe.

And we owe it all to YOU!!! Your amazing support has allowed us the opportunity to do what we love to do, each and every day alongside some of the best in the biz!

While we walk back down memory lane of transitioning what was a bike store and model train shop into our current home, it wasn’t easy. The decision to leave Ponoka was a hard one and one we did not take lightly. We tip our hat to our early days just up the QE2 as we wouldn’t be where we are today without the opportunity to start there.

Flipping the OPEN sign on back in December 2015, we never imagined we would be here crushing our dreams today. Making lists across the province, Canada, the UK and being named “Best Pub/Restaurant in Alberta” by the Small Brewers Association is something we never thought would be a reality.

Through local initiatives like our Ice Cream Sandwiches, Burger of the Month and many others we have been able to give back over $60,000 to local charities and organizations. And we owe this all to YOU!

We truly couldn’t do what we do without YOU! Your support means the world to us as we continue to strive to be the best we can be each and every day.

We raise a glass and celebrate what has been, and we look towards the future knowing we aren’t done. We will continue to strive to be the best we can be, working alongside the best in the business, looking after THE BEST GUESTS AROUND, HANDS DOWN!
Thank YOU!

Rieley, Kim, William, Brynn & Hannah
along with the entire Cilantro and Chive Crew!

🧡💛💚💙💜

#ThankYouLacombe
#LoveOurCommunity
#HECKYEAH!

“It’s mighty neighborly!”

It’s exactly how Sylvan Lake Mayor Sean McIntyre responded to our guest chef invitation in November for our Burger of the Month Program.  It’s hard not to smile when you get the chance to spend time with Sean and he was eager to help give back to his community to an agency that he felt is a real pillar; Sylvan Lake and Area Community Partners Association.

So much positive energy and a little spice helped inspire the “Lake Life” burger.  It included The Ranch Gate Market grass fed beef patty, smoked cheddar, crispy onions, 2 strips of bacon, basil aioli, and a drizzle of hot sauce on a brioche bun with one hot wing and one salt + pepper wing on top!

$2 from every burger sold went directly to Sylvan Lake Community Partners Association (CPA), which creates hope and support for at-risk children, families and individuals through information, referrals, services and programs. Their mission is to provide and connect individuals in need with the basic essentials of life including food, clothing and shelter.

Thanks to the INCREDIBLE support of our Burger of the Month program, Sean handed over a cheque today for $1424!

Donations like this one help ensure CPA can continue to provide services and programs to Sylvan Lake and area residents for free; programs like Coats 4 Kids and Families, Free Annual Community Christmas Dinner, Children’s Clothing and Equipment Swap, Income Tax Program for low-income families and seniors, Infant/Toddler Food Bank, Tools 4 School, and Medi-Lend.

When asked about his Guest Chef opportunity, Mayor McIntyre said “I’m so happy I was able to team up with Cilantro and Chive to support Sylvan Lake Community Partners! The programs and services at Community Partners help thousands of people every year, and the burger of the month was a delicious way to lend a hand in that effort. I’m grateful to the team at Cilantro and Chive for reaching out and working with me to show such love to Sylvan Lake. It’s mighty neighborly!”

We’re blessed with the BEST guests who get behind our Burger of the Month program month after month, allowing us the opportunity to give back over $60,000 to local charities over the past 35 months!  THANK-YOU!

December’s Burger of the Month is the holiday inspired “SANNA!!” burger co-created with Guest Chef Guy Lapointe.  It’s a turkey burger, maple bacon, house-made stuffing, maple sweet potato discs, 2 strips of bacon, sage aioli, cranberry sauce on a brioche bun and garnished with a candy cane!  We teamed up with Echo Lacombe Association who is matching every $2 donation in support of Lacombe and District FCSS’s Fill a Fridge Program.

 

For more information contact:

Kim Kay

Owner / Community Relations

403.597.2127

kim@cilantroandchive.ca

 

Rieley Kay

Owner

403.782.2882

rieley@cilantroandchive.ca

 

Jason Burns

General Manager

403.782.2882

jason@cilantroandchive.ca

 

Jen Baliant

Sylvan Lake & Area Community Partners

Events Coordinator

403.887.9989

info@sylvancpa.ca

 

Sean McIntyre

Town of Sylvan Lake

Mayor

403.887.2141

smcintyre@sylvanlake.ca

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Our December guest chef was keen to see proceeds from his Christmas dinner inspired burger support a program that embodies the spirit of the holidays; Lacombe and District FCSS’s Fill a Fridge.

Light up the Night celebrations in Lacombe just wouldn’t be complete without Guy Lapointe “Buddy Elf”, so it was fitting that this community champion helped create the “SANNA!!” burger. Turkey burger, maple bacon, house-made stuffing, maple sweet potato discs, 2 strips of bacon, sage aioli, cranberry sauce on a brioche bun and garnished with a candy cane!

FCSS’s Fill a Fridge program provides the gift of holiday groceries to families in need in Lacombe and area. In 2018 they provided $50,400 in grocery certificates to a total of 221 households, feeding 326 adults and 293 children. The program is unique in that it allows families to purchase their OWN food items and make choices that work for their family.

Our Burger of the Month program sees $2 from every burger sold going directly to our guest chef’s charity of choice. This will still be the case, but given the time sensitive nature of the Fill a Fridge program we’re happy to provide funds up front and are THRILLED our friends at Echo Lacombe Association have stepped up to match our donation.

Drum roll please……together today we delivered $5,000!

President of Echo Lacombe Association Jared Reich says “Echo Energy is proud to team up with Cilantro and Chive to help Lacombe & District FCSS get food on the tables of families in need. Our core goal is to give back to the community in engaging and meaningful ways, so we’re very happy to match Cilantro and Chive’s donation from the “SANNA!!” burger proceeds”.

Guest Chef Lapointe LOVES the giving spirit of the holidays and says “Fill a Fridge is all about helping our friends and neighbours share in the festive season. This fun collaboration between Cilantro and Chive and Echo Lacombe allows everyone to stuff themselves while helping others in need to do the same this Christmas”.

We’re blessed with the BEST guests who get behind our Burger of the Month program month after month, allowing us the opportunity to give back over $60,000 to local charities over the past 35 months!

THANK-YOU!

 

For more information contact:
Kim Kay
Owner / Community Relations
403.597.2127
kim@cilantroandchive.ca

Susan MacDonald
Lacombe & District FCSS
Executive Director
403.782.6637
smacdonald@lacombefcss.net

Jan Pocock
Lacombe FCSS
Special Projects and Volunteer Coordinator
403.782.6637
jpocock@lacombefcss.net

Jared Reich
Echo Lacombe Association
President
403-510-4222
jaredreich@gmail.com

Guy Lapointe
Guest Chef
Community and Economic Development
Manager City of Lacombe
403.782.1263
glapointe@lacombe.ca

Ice Cream Sandwich Gives Back to Kids!

Thanks to an AWESOME group of Leadership students and the Father Lacombe Catholic School community we were thrilled today to turn over the proceeds from our confetti cake ice cream sandwich pop-up sale held at the school last month.

These grades 4-6 Leadership students work hard to organize events at the school; everything from fundraisers to social justice projects. There was nothing but smiles when they jumped in to help us scoop and serve 154 ice cream sandwiches to fellow students and staff.

In September we kicked off our new 𝙄𝙘𝙚 𝘾𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙢 𝙎𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙬𝙞𝙘𝙝 𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙢 which sees $1 from every one of these treats sold at the restaurant donated to a local school. Until the end of this month Father Lacombe will be on the receiving end of those funds. Our plan was to also give back $1 from every ice cream sandwich sold at the pop-up sale to the school, but with the positive, energetic, warm welcome we received, we decided to kick back the entire $4 per sandwich cost, translating into $𝟔𝟏𝟔! ❤️

School Principal Maria Wagner says the money will be used for their Student Support Fund. The school dips into that fund for various needs; providing snacks in the classroom for kids who haven’t had breakfast before arriving to school, for students who want to play sports or be involved in other extracurricular activities that may not be able to because of financial reasons, it’s also been utilized to provide gift cards to school families in need.

In December we’ll be on the road again scooping at another school, stay tuned!

This is so special ❤️

The creative juices were flowing (and dripping from one beard in particular) for our October Burger of the Month, “The White Buffalo”!

It was inspired by the indie band and our guest chef Peter Michaels’ love of music! The long time Red Deer radio host was ALL in to help give back to a local cause near and dear to his heart.

Peter helped dream up this tribute burger which included a bison patty, pork belly, smoked white cheddar, Snake Lake Brewing Co. Lake Varsity Hall bbq sauce, Blindman Brewing Triphammer drunken onions, tomato, mixed greens and chipotle aioli with sliced jalapeño garnish on a pretzel bun!

$2 from every burger sold went directly to his charity of choice, Alzheimer Society Alberta and Northwest Territories, which provides education and support for families living with dementia. Thanks to the INCREDIBLE support of our Burger of the Month program, Peter handed over a cheque for $1588!

Peter’s Dad was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. His family has reached out to the Society’s Red Deer office and thanks to their help and information about the disease and local programs, he says they’re feeling much more confident they can handle everything that comes their way.

More than 45,800 people in Alberta have been diagnosed with dementia. The local Alzheimer Society office provides educational programs and support groups to over 1,000 clients in the Central Alberta region.

We’re blessed with the BEST guests who get behind our Burger of the Month program month after month, allowing us the opportunity to give back over $57,000 to local charities over the past 33 months! THANK-YOU!

November’s Burger of the Month is “Lake Life”, created in collaboration with local guest Chef Sean McIntyre, the Mayor of Sylvan Lake. It includes The Ranch Gate Market grass fed beef patty, smoked cheddar, crispy onions, 2 strips of bacon, basil aioli, and a drizzle of hot sauce on a brioche bun with one hot wing and one salt + pepper wing on top!

$2 from every burger sold will go directly towards Sean’s charity of choice, Sylvan Lake & Area Community Partners Association.

💜❤️💜❤️💜❤️💜❤️

THANK-YOU to all our guests who help make this happen!
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#LoveOurCommunity
#BurgerOfTheMonth
#CilantroAndChive

Our Burger of the Month for November!

💥𝑩𝑬𝑯𝑶𝑳𝑫💥 our Burger of the Month for November, working with local Guest Chef Sean McIntyre!

“𝑳𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝑳𝒊𝒇𝒆”

This tasty Burger has The Ranch Gate Market Grass Fed Beef patty, Smoked Cheddar, Crispy Onions, 2 strips of Bacon, Basil Aioli, and a Drizzle of Hot Sauce on a Brioche Bun with one Hot Wing and one Salt + Pepper Wing on top!

$2 from every Burger sold will go to Sean’s local charity of choice, the Sylvan Lake & Area Community Partners Association. Which helps give support basic needs to families, individuals and at risk children

 

Another month, another delicious way to give back to your community!
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#BurgerOfTheMonth
#EatLocal #SupportLocal
#CilantroAndChive

Smiles from ear to ear!

Mission accomplished!

A HUGE thank-you to Father Lacombe Catholic School and their Leadership Students who helped us scoop up more than 150 ice cream sandwiches, all to help support students and families in need in the school community.

In September we kicked off our new Ice Cream Sandwich Program. $1 from every one of these treats sold in the restaurant is donated to a local school. We have decided to kick back the entire $4 purchase price for the kid’s pop-up sale back to the school.

(Final numbers aren’t quite in yet, but we should be delivering a cheque soon for $600).

School Principal Maria Wagner says the money will be used for their Student Support Fund. The school dips into that fund for various needs; providing snacks in the classroom for kids who haven’t had breakfast before arriving to school, for students who want to play sports or be involved in other extracurricular activities that may not be able to because of financial reasons, it’s also been utilized to provide gift cards to school families in need.

We cannot say enough about the Leadership students at the school who chipped in to help with this pop-up sale. These grades 4-6 students organize events at the school; everything from fundraisers to social justice projects. They are gearing up for a “Scare Away Hunger” campaign on Halloween to collect items for the food bank while they are trick-or-treating, and they also have a “Coats for Christ” program in the works where they will be collecting coats for the homeless and needy.

We have some AMAZING kids in our community!

In December we’ll be on the road again scooping at another school, stay tuned!

 

For more information contact:
Kim Kay
Community Relations
Cilantro and Chive
403.597.2127
kim@cilantroandchive.ca

 

Maria Wagner
Principal
Father Lacombe Catholic School
403.782.2613
maria.wagner@starcatholic.ab.ca

Because of YOU!